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Russian State Institute of Performing Arts, RGISI

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Description of Russian State Institute of Performing Arts, RGISI

  • Location: St. Petersburg, Russia;
  • Age of students: from 17;
  • Type: mixed;
  • Language of instruction: Russian.

In 1779, the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts was founded in the city of St. Petersburg. RGISI is the oldest university in Russia in the largest university in Europe, based on teaching in the field of performing arts. 

Faculties and colleges

The Institute provides educational services on the basis of the following faculties:

  • acting and directing;
  • musical theatre and variety art;
  • puppet theater;
  • scenography and theatrical technology;
  • theatre studies;
  • Producer;
  • mastery of stage productions.

RGISR has the following branches:

  • in Kaliningrad — Baltic Higher School of Musical and Theatrical Art;
  • in Kemerovo — Siberian Higher School of Musical and Theatrical Art;
  • in Vladivostok — Primorsky Higher School of Musical and Theatrical Art.

Things to know about

The Russian State Institute of Performing Arts is the founder of theater pedagogy in Russia. It is in the RGISI that the traditional St. Petersburg School of Theatrical Art has developed and is developing, which receives great recognition both in the Russian Federation and abroad. 

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Russian State Institute of Performing Arts, RGISI

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All year round
from 390000.00 ₽ / year
from 390000.00 ₽ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 390000.00 ₽ / year
from 390000.00 ₽ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 423300.00 ₽ / year
from 423300.00 ₽ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 326000.00 ₽ / year
from 326000.00 ₽ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

For nonresident full-time students, RSIS provides a six-storey corridor-type dormitory. On each floor there are kitchens and common areas. In addition, the Institute rents one floor of the dormitory of St. Petersburg State Concert Hall named after N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov.

In the study building, students and staff are given access to a 120-seat canteen and a buffet located in the foyer near the Educational Theatre. 

Activities Russian State Institute of Performing Arts, RGISI

To involve students in student life, RSIS conducts a large number of activities:

  • Vakhtangov Festival of Theatre Managers;
  • Special Award "Golden Mask";
  • Festival "First Stage";
  • Freshman Days;
  • Interuniversity competitions of scientific works;
  • Festival "Who are you and from where";
  • Scientific-practical conference "Role and plastic";
  • Festival "Artmigration";
  • "Barboy Readings";
  • RSISI Cup named after L. V. Gracheva;
  • Festival "St. Petersburg Theater Seasons";
  • Youth Theater Festival named after V. A. Ermakova;
  • International Puppet Festival "Baltic Puppet Farm";
  • ArtMasters Junior Championship;
  • Art & Play Festival of Creative Industries.

Facilities and equipment at Russian State Institute of Performing Arts, RGISI

The entire educational process at the RSISS takes place in 3 buildings, the total area of which is more than 11,000 square meters. For the education of students, the university manages modern, materially and technically equipped classrooms designed for practical and lecture disciplines, rooms for dancing, rhythmics, fencing and stage combat. All classes for plastic disciplines are equipped with mirrors, ballet machines, acrobatic mats. The total number of classrooms of the institute is 102.

For practice, students are also provided with an educational theater with a capacity of 500 seats, equipped with professional lighting and sound equipment and a modern music and acoustic system. 

Students can also use the institute's library with 36 seats. Students have free access to the library fund, represented by educational and scientific literature and information materials, access to the Internet.

Admission dates and extra charges

The learning process is divided into two semesters: autumn (September-January) and spring (February-June). Each semester ends with an examination session.

When studying at RSIS, students assume the following additional costs:

  • To pay for accommodation in the hostel;
  • Transport;
  • For food;
  • Additional spending on leisure and recreation.

Enrolment process

For admission to the RSIS, the applicant is obliged to provide the following list of documents to the admission committee:

  • Identity document, citizenship;
  • State-issued document on education and qualifications;
  • Documents confirming the use of the right to admission within a special quota;
  • Documents confirming individual achievements, the results of which are taken into account at the reception;
  • Photography (for each contest);
  • A document confirming registration in the individual accounting system (if any).

The documents that are necessary for admission are sent to the Academy in one of the following ways:

  • Personally to the admissions office;
  • By mail;
  • In electronic form to the mail of the admission committee;
  • In electronic form through EPGU (super service "Enter the university online").

Enrolment statistics

In 2021, 182 people were able to enter the institute for the budget full-time form, a total of 369 applicants managed to enter the university this year.


After graduating from the RSIS, graduates can work in the field of theatrical and performing arts, becoming qualified directors, dancers, clowns and specialists in the puppet theater. 

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

For admission to the educational programs of bachelor's and specialist's degree, the applicant must:

  • Completed education not lower than secondary general;
  • Points received for the Unified State Exam are not lower:
  • Russian language — 56;
  • Literature — 45.
  • Points obtained on the basis of the results of the entrance profile test conducted by the institute are not lower than 41.

For admission to master's programs it is necessary:

  • Completed higher education;
  • Successful passing of entrance examinations conducted by the Institute, with scores not lower:
  • Professional test — 41;
  • Creative Challenge , 41;
  • Interview — 41.

For admission to postgraduate programs it is necessary:

  • Completed higher education;
  • Successful passing of entrance examinations conducted by the Institute, with scores not lower:
  • Special discipline: 41;
  • Foreign language — 41;
  • Philosophy — 41.

Scholarships Russian State Institute of Performing Arts, RGISI

RGISI provides students of budgetary full-time education with the following types of material support:

  • State Academic Scholarship;
  • State social scholarship;
  • Scholarship of the President of the Russian Federation;
  • Scholarship of the Government of the Russian Federation;
  • Personal scholarships;
  • Scholarships for students, assigned by legal entities or individuals, including those who sent them to study;
  • Scholarships for students of preparatory departments.

In addition, the institute provides material assistance to students in need. 

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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